10 Most Powerful Women in autos

A century after Henry Ford revolutionized the auto world, it's still an old boys club. But these 10 women are leading the way in an industry overdue for change.

1.  Mary Barra

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General Motors
Executive vice president global product development & global purchasing & supply chain

Barra picked up a big promotion at GM (GM, Fortune 500) in August when she added purchasing and supply chain to her duties. Her new responsibilities boosted her standing as a favorite to succeed CEO Dan Akerson in 2014 -- an historic first for a woman in Detroit. Barra's management mantra is a simple one: "No more crappy cars."

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated November 27 2013 01:51 PM ET
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